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Things to do in Monona

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Café
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“This little place reminds me of Portland, Oregon. Local and delicious food and very relaxed atmosphere”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
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“Delicious coffee and cafe-style food options. Voted Best in Monona many times and is certainly a community favorite! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Great coffee drinks and the best & biggest cinnamon roll in town. The quiche of the day are freshly made too! Yum!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This elegant Indian restaurant is absolutely delicious, and the service is always impeccable. If you enjoy Indian food, you have to stop by for dinner or for their unlimited lunch buffet! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“When I want to take my bike to restaurants by the capitol, I like to take the bike path here. I drive along the lake and past the Monona Terrace. It's a great bike ride.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Park in the lot and walk down the sidewalk on the right side of high-rise and you will find yourself at Waypoints’ doors. The salmon sandwich is tasty! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“No food. They do coctails and beer well. Owned by Hawk of Hawk's Bar and Grill on State Street, but much more "East Side". jademonkeybar.com”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food, reasonable prices, wide selection of beer and drinks. The mussels are delicious!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“A favorite local space for children, there's lots of interactive exhibits and natural trails to enjoy outside of the center. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“Old fashioned custard shop. Tasty burgers, fries, banana splits & hot fudge sundaes!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Moving Company
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends
Food
“Visit this sweet, kitchy, iconic, local, Monona favorite. Where else can you get ice cream, dime store candy, a hamburger or sandwich and. . . worms for fishing in Lake Monona. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
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“Delicious Jamaican restaurant in a little hole-in-the-wall building is a Monona institution. We recommend the jerk chicken or the jerk pork with beans and rice! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Think "Chipotle" but locally owned. Nothing fancy but a seriously solid, tasty burrito.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Pharmacy
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Top restaurants

Café
“This little place reminds me of Portland, Oregon. Local and delicious food and very relaxed atmosphere”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“Delicious coffee and cafe-style food options. Voted Best in Monona many times and is certainly a community favorite! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Great coffee drinks and the best & biggest cinnamon roll in town. The quiche of the day are freshly made too! Yum!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This elegant Indian restaurant is absolutely delicious, and the service is always impeccable. If you enjoy Indian food, you have to stop by for dinner or for their unlimited lunch buffet! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Park in the lot and walk down the sidewalk on the right side of high-rise and you will find yourself at Waypoints’ doors. The salmon sandwich is tasty! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food, reasonable prices, wide selection of beer and drinks. The mussels are delicious!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Delicious Jamaican restaurant in a little hole-in-the-wall building is a Monona institution. We recommend the jerk chicken or the jerk pork with beans and rice! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Think "Chipotle" but locally owned. Nothing fancy but a seriously solid, tasty burrito.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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